Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AdarI 13, 5775

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Karl Markovics is definitely the real deal. Menacingly marvelous, Markovics portrays Salomon Sorowitsch, the major morally bankrupt member of "The Counterfeiters," a select section of concentration-camp victims in a con job by the Nazis to print bogus dollars and pounds, and thus bloat the world financial system into ruin. It is a true-to-life plot to "go green" that nearly resulted...
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Get him to the ... temple ... on time? Who knew that Alfred P. Doolittle was a Jew? "Well, sometimes your Alfred P. Doolittles in life are Jewish," jibes Tim Jerome, who indeed is as he cavorts on stage as the dusty Doolittle who makes soot and the city so delectably dirty in "My Fair Lady." The high-flying Lerner and...
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No country for old minyans? In a modern-day movie milieu where the au courant currency exchange at the box office seems to be blood money, does a nice movie that is heartfelt and haimisch have a prayer? If it's "Praying With Lior," which focuses on the davening dervish of a phenomenon that is Lior Liebling, it does. Indeed, it has...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim is a crazy, "anything goes" holiday, where it's even encouraged to drink heavily. Kids and adults alike masquerade in costumes. Girls love to be Queen Esther, with sparkly crowns and dresses; for boys, it's the wicked Haman, with big false nose, floppy ears and the notorious tricorn hat. During services, Haman is mocked with groggers, booing, hissing and the...
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For American Jews who grew up in the 1950s and '60s, the appearance of Leon Uris' novel Exodus in 1958 -- and the inevitable Hollywood blockbuster drawn from it, which premiered in 1960 -- was an unprecedented event. Our parents and their contemporaries made the book a best-seller. I would bet most Jewish teenagers can recall seeing a copy of...
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